November 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016
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For more than ten years, Ilesa Duncan and David Barr, III have been working with MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed author Charles Johnson to bring his seminal work to the stage. From workshops to staged readings to public discussions and the author’s own input, a world premiere production was created. Combining movement, music and Johnson’s story, Rutherford’s Travels
is a tale told through Rutherford Calhoun’s 1830s journal log entries. Calhoun, a newly freed Illinois slave and exceptionally learned scoundrel travels to New Orleans where he escapes his debtors and a forced marriage by stowing away on an outbound rigger named The Republic. But The Republic isn’t just any ship, it is a slave ship and it’s headed to Africa.